(Posted April 23, 2005 by Stephen Strong)
Actress and Comedian Sandra Bernhard Hosts Event Showcasing. Finalists from Across the Country in Hour-Long Original Special. Real-Life Mom Gets Chance to Develop Own Show, Host an Evening on Net and Win $50,000
After months of scouring the country in various comedy clubs and digging though over 1,000 entries, Nick at Nite has found The Funniest Mom in America! On Tuesday, May 3 from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. (ET/PT), actress and comedian Sandra Bernhard will host an hour-long original special on Nick at Nite showcasing the five finalists-- Lynne Hurdle-Price (Bronx, NY), Christine Hurley (Plymouth, MA), LeAnne Morgan (Knoxville, TN), Darlene Westgor (Burnsville, MN) and Nancy Witter (Floral Park, NY) -- as they compete for the crown. The grand prize winner will get a chance to develop her own original show for the network, win $50,000 plus host a special night of programming on Nick at Nite on Mother's Day, May 8. The special was taped at New York City's Hudson Theatre on Thursday, April 7.
The finalists will go head-to-head as they perform before an audience and a panel of celebrity judges comedian Carole Leifer, actor Malcolm Jamal Warner and casting director Jodi Collins who will decide who is The Funniest Mom in America. Additionally, comedian Jeffrey Ross, who consulted the moms for one week in preparation for the show, will also be featured in the special. Ross assisted the finalists in putting their acts together. The series is being produced for Nick at Nite by Nick at Nite Productions in conjunction with executive producer Elyse Roth and Local Woman Films.
Throughout the hour, in addition to the moms comedy routines, viewers will see various video submissions and get up close and personal with the finalists families at home.
Nick at Nite's Search for the Funniest Mom in America invited all moms across the U.S. to send us a tape of themselves at their funniest. Additionally, the network held open calls at 21 comedy clubs across the country throughout February.
The five finalists are:
Lynne Hurdle-Price, Bronx NY
Lynne has two sons, who are 9 and 3 years old.Lynne considers herself a real mom over 40, not a size 10, and in debt. Lynne has performed at Caroline's Comedy Club and other clubs throughout New York City.
Christine Hurley, Plymouth, MA
A stay-at-home mom with five children, Christine usually performs for friends at barbeques and play groups. This is only Christine's fourth performance before an audience.
LeAnne Morgan, Knoxville, TN
LeAnne has been doing stand-up on and off over the last six years. She has one son and two daughters.
Darlene Westgor, Burnsville, MN
Darlene is a single mom with two sons, ages 17 and 14. She works in the ER during the day and at night she is a comic who has opened for Lewis Black.
Nancy Witter, Floral Park, NY
Nancy, a single mother of two has performed comedy for the last nine years. She has won two MAC awards for female comedian and has performed at Don't Tell Mama.
About Host Sandra Bernhard:
Sandra Bernhard has been challenging fans and critics with her knife-edged humor, satire and emotive performances on film, television and stage. Over the last year, she launched her U.S. and Australian Tour, Everything Bad and Beautiful and appeared in NBCs hit series Crossing Jordan and Showtime's The L Word.
Previous credits include: I'm Still HereDamn It!, which appeared on Broadway, Without You I'm Nothing, and Excuses For Bad Behavior. On the big screen she has been seen in The King Of Comedy, Somewhere In The City, Inside Monkey Zetterland, Hudson Hawk and Track 29, while on television, Bernhard had a regular (andgroundbreaking) role on Roseanne and guest turns on Law & Order: SVU, Ally McBeal, Chicago Hope, The Sopranos and Will & Grace. She also hosted her own talk show, The Sandra Bernhard Experience, on A&E. Her books include: Confessions of A Pretty Lady, Love, Love, and Love and May I Kiss You on the Lips, Miss Sandra?.
About the Judges:
Carole Leifer has been a successful standup comedian as well as writer for shows like Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live & The Larry Sanders Show. Finally, Malcolm Jamal Warner stars in CBS's Listen Up and is best known as Theo Huxtable from The Cosby Show. Casting director Jodi Collins is an industry insider. She's known as one of NY's finest casting directors and has placed comedians in dozens of films, plays & TV shows for networks including Fox, HBO & NBC.
Nick-at-Nite Press Release